Susan Winter 
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Re: “The Famous Doll Family's Memphis "Parents"

My grandparents were neighbors and good friends of the Doll family in the 60s and 70s. My parents and sister and I visited every year, and enjoyed many fun times with the Dolls. Harry was the smallest, and loved to smoke his cigars He and mey grandfather spent many hours in Grandpa's Garage smoking and talking and throwing peanuts and seeds to the birds Gracie had died shortly before I met them. Daisy was the tallest, and had a drivers license. She had to have many cushions on the seat of the car and blocks attached to the accelerator and brake pedals so she could reach them. Confusion about their gender is understandable, as Tiny Doll was a woman, but after their performance years, she started dressing like a man, and smoking cigars with Harry. So, technically, there were three girls, Daisy, Tiny and Gracie, and one man - Harry. As a young girl, aged 7 or 8 when I first met them, I thought Tiny was a man. A few years later, when my dad told me Tiny was actually a woman I was confused. I don't think it was sexual identity issue - I really think Tiny got sick of trying to find female clothes in his very small size. It was really a challenge, and she just decided it would be easier to dress as a man. I don't know the years, but the Dolls continued to send birthday and hoiday cards to my parents after my Grandfather sold his Florida home. Henry passed away first, because I remember for years the cards were signed by Tiny and Daisy only. Then, after daisy passed, the cards were still sent to us faithfully by Tiny. He was alone for many years after the death of his siblings. I believe he was quite the same... never as happy and at peace, after Harry and Daisy's death. I feel very lucky to have known this charming and fund family. They had other siblings left in Germany, but had lost touch of them during WWII. They were also survivors of the horrific Hartford circus fire in 1944, where they were performers.

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Posted by Susan Winter on 02/18/2016 at 1:28 AM
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